February 14, 2012

Valentine's at Bonefish

Happy Valentine's Day from Sweet Tampa Bay!

Deciding where to take your sweetheart for Valentine's Day is always a big decision. Do you go somewhere upscale and fancy for a dress up night - or choose a fun and casual dining destination?

Since Valentine's Day fell on a Tuesday, we decided to beat the rush and celebrate on Sunday evening. Where did we decide to go? Bonefish Grill! I know this is hard to believe, but this was my first trip to Bonefish Grill. We chose to dine at the 4th Street location in St. Petersburg. Bonefish actually opened it's first location in St. Pete in 2000. Today there are over 150 locations around the country, and Bonefish is owned by the parent company of Outback. (Hint: If you got an Outback giftcard for Christmas, check out the back. More than likely it is valid at Carrabbas and Bonefish too!)

Lots of tables for 2 at Bonefish

A glimpse of the nightly specials

The daily specials at Bonefish are available online to browse before your visit. I chose the Steak Lobster Duet for my meal and my sweetheart chose the Gulf Groupon with lemon butter. Since it was my inaugural visit to Bonefish, we had to get the famous Bang Bang Shrimp as a starter. We received about 15 shrimp covered in a spicy sauce. The spice was mild, just the way I like it.

Bang bang shrimp

Lobster sirloin duet

Gulf grouper with whipped potatoes

The entrees were served with garbanzo beans sautéed with onions, spinach, and ground sausage. I thought it was a pretty unique side offering for a chain restaurant. It reminded me of "Turkey Robinson" prepared by my favorite celebrity chef, Claire Robinson. My lobster was fresh, but lukewarm. The sirloin was tender, and the grouper was flavorful.

We did not receive any bread with our meal, nor was I given drawn butter with my lobster. Our waters sat empty for longer than expected. Our server was good, but I think it's safe to say she lacked attention to detail.

In preparation for all the sweets on Valentine's Day, I skipped dessert. This was partly because none of the options were speaking to me: chocolate creme brulee, coconut cake, and a few other forgettable options. Maybe next time!

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